you choose to report the assault, report as soon as possible.
Just call 911
or your local police department, and they will guide you from
The police may decide that a medical exam is needed to collect
evidence. If so, they will call the Sexual Assault Emergency
Response Team (SART) and drive you to a specially equipped hospital.
You won't be going through this alone. When you get to the hospital,
your advocate from the local rape crisis center will be waiting
for you as well as a sexual assault nurse examiner.
If law enforcement requests the exam, California law states
that neither you, your parents, or your insurance can be billed
If you're not sure about reporting, we have provided some reasons
to report to help you make an informed decision
also invite you to call our twenty-four hotline at (818)
886-0453 or (661)
253-0258. Whatever you decide is okay with us.
It's important to make sure that you are okay; this means medical
attention is needed. Places you can go include your family physician,
Planned Parenthood, or a local family planning clinic. Note
that all medical providers are mandated reporters and will call
law enforcement if they have knowledge of or suspect sexual
It is a good idea to talk to a professional counselor to begin
the healing process. You have bravely survived a trauma. Many
trauma survivors experience Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. Without treatment, survivors
often find themselves feeling depressed, anxious, or self-destructive.
Counseling can help alleviate these symptoms and keep other
ones from coming up. Counseling
at Valley Trauma Center can be arranged by calling our twenty-four
hotline at (818) 886-0453
or (661) 253-0258.
it was not your fault.